In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
Speaking generally, punishment hardens and numbs, it produces concentration, it sharpens the consciousness of alienation, it strengthens the power of resistance.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
Quitting is leading too.
The seed of revolution is repression.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
Sometimes you have to pick the Gun up to put the Gun down
We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.
Free speech carries with it some freedom to listen.
This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Any cook should be able to run the country.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Example is leadership.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.